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Man shot by police after traffic stop in North Carolina
SANFORD, N.C. (AP) – Police in North Carolina say a person was shot by a sheriff’s deputy after fleeing from a traffic stop on foot. Harnett County Sheriff Wayne Coats said the shooting happened early Sunday and the State Bureau of Investigation is investigating the officer-involved shooting. Coats said the person was shot once by the deputy. áCoats said it was early in the investigation and asked the public not to refrain from “jumping to conclusions.” The deputy has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. No other substantive details about the shooting were provided by police.
Police: man charged with attempted murder in machete attack
MACCLESFIELD, N.C. (AP) – Police in North Carolina say they’ve charged a man with attempted murder after he attacked a person with a machete. The Edgecombe County Sheriff’s office said the attacked occurred Friday morning in Macclesfield. Police said Carlos Antonio Washington attacked a person with a machete outside the victim’s home. Police said Washington fled after being shot at by members of the victim’s family. Washington was apprehended later by police and is being held at a local detention center. áPolice said the victim suffered minor injuries.
HURRICANE DORIAN-NEW SCHOOL
New school planned on North Carolina island hit by Dorian
OCRACOKE, N.C. (AP) – A new school is set to be built on a North Carolina barrier island that was hit by a hurricane last year, leaving the former building heavily damaged. News outlets have reported that Hurricane Dorian struck the Outer Banks’ Ocracoke Island in September 2019, sending more than 5 feet of water into some areas, and flooding the only school building on the island. The Virginian Pilot says a $9.5 million building is now set to be built as a replacement. The structure will sit more than 7 feet above sea level, and is expected to be completed in 2022. The newspaper said state and federal dollars will fund the construction.
Police investigate fatal shooting near baseball field
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Police in North Carolina say they are investigating a homicide following reports of shots being fired near a baseball field. Asheville Police said they responded Saturday morning to the reported shooting near Montford baseball field and found a man suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The man was taken to a local hospital where he died. Police did not release the man’s name and have asked the public for help in the investigation.
Police: 65-year-old man suffered multiple stab wounds
ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. (AP) – Police in North Carolina say they are investigating the death of a 65-year-old man who suffered multiple stab wounds. Rocky Mount Police say they received a call early Saturday of a disturbance when they found the male victim. Officers tried unsuccessfully to save the man’s life and he was pronounced dead at the scene. Police did not release the man’s name and said the department is actively investigating the incident.
RACIAL INJUSTICE-BLACK FIREFIGHTERS
Black firefighters in NC allege racism amid larger reckoning
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – A group of Black firefighters in a North Carolina city has filed a grievance citing racism and discrimination they have endured for more than 30 years. Black members of the Winston-Salem Fire Department allege two white captains talked about running over demonstrators protesting the police killing of George Floyd this summer. They also allege a firefighter made a noose during a rope and knots class in November 2017. The group wants Fire Chief William “Trey” Mayo to be fired for not disciplining the white firefighters. One former Black firefighter said she left the department because the treatment she received made staying on the job unbearable.
Project adds biking, hiking trails in western North Carolina
NEBO, N.C. (AP) – A district inside a national park in western North Carolina has approved a project which will help sustain and expand its trail system. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the Pisgah National Forest’s Grandfather Ranger District approved the Mortimer Trails Project this week. It is designed to maintain the trail system as well as add 10 additional miles of mountain biking and hiking trails to the Wilson Creek Area in Caldwell and Avery counties. Work will begin this winter to construct new sections of trail. In 2015, the ranger district began a partnership with local mountain bike users and volunteers to improve maintenance of Wilson Creek trails.
Ex-firefighter alleges discrimination, harassment in lawsuit
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – A female ex-firefighter is suing a North Carolina fire department, saying the fire chief deprived her of her duty and inflicted severe mental and emotional distress. The Asheville Citizen-Times reports Joy Ponder, the first woman to reach the rank of division chief in the Asheville Fire Department, filed the lawsuit earlier this month in U.S. District Court. Her lawsuit says male employees were not treated in the “same adverse fashion with the same intensity or frequency.” City Attorney Brad Branham declined to talk about the case, saying the city does not typically comment about active litigation.